Allied Tanks in Normandy 1944 cover

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A concisely detailed guide to the Allied tanks that fought from D-Day to the break out from Normandy, their qualities, numbers and performance, and how they were used on the battlefield.

When Allied tanks began to roll off the landing craft on D-Day, it marked the start of one of the great periods of tank warfare in World War II. Often outgunned by the German Panzers, and fighting in the close confines of bocage country, they nevertheless managed to break out of Normandy and begin the liberation of Europe. It was a battle that was dominated by the Americans' legendary Sherman, but also saw a wide and complex range of armour committed to battle across the many armies involved, from British Churchills and special-purpose 'Funnies' to the Canadians' Ram tank.

This book explains the qualities, strengths and weakness of the major British and US tank types as well as associated Allied units in Normandy including those of the Canadians, Poles and French, and describes how they really fought. It discusses the organization and equipment of the units, providing thumbnail sketches as well as statistical data on the types and categories of AFVs that saw action. This is a handy and concise guide for military historians, wargamers and military modelers interested in tank warfare of World War II.

Table of Contents

THE CAMPAIGN
DOCTRINE AND ORGANIZATION
British tank organization in Normandy
US tank organization in Normandy
TECHNICAL FACTORS
British tanks and AFVs
British cruiser tanks
British infantry tanks
British tank destroyers
British light tanks
US TANKS AND AFVS IN NORMANDY
BATTLE ANALYSIS
Organizational and doctrinal lessons
Technical lessons
Tank casualties
FURTHER READING
INDEX

Product details

Published Apr 15 2021
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472843265
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8pp of colour illustrations
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 294
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…

Illustrator

Felipe Rodríguez

Felipe Rodríguez Náñez (aka Felipe Rodna) was born…

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